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The World in a City by Joseph Berger
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bookshelves: travelogue, nonfiction

A pretty engaging look at New York and its ethnic past and future. It really nails down the nostalgia with which people (especially from the outside) regard the city, the identification of things lost, the collective suffering and achievement. Also identifies the new wave of immigration that is changing the city so radically, as well as the economic effects of the real estate boom (although it will be interesting to see what the popped bubble effect will be). I was annoyed at Berger's insistence on drawing everything back to his own family's immigrant roots though, as it just made this weird confusion of objective and personal writing in circumstances that didn't really relate. It seemed like a stretch to me. Plus, did he honestly just call a samosa a "knish-like dish?" Seriously? Why?
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